Pinocchio (1940)

When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 7, 1940
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

Walt Disney has waved his magic wand over Collodi's world-famous fairy story, "Pinocchio," and presto! he has changed it into the most enchanting film ever brought to the screen.

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TIME Magazine

The charm, humor and loving care with which it treats its inanimate characters puts it in a class by itself.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

With its marvelous mixture of an engaging story, beautiful animation, loveable characters, and unforgettable music, Pinocchio remains a grand adventure that both kids and adults can still enjoy today.

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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

Although it may lack the heart-tugging appeal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the consensus among animation fans is that 1940's Pinocchio remains the most perfect animated feature Walt Disney produced.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Expertly balances whimsy, adventure, terrifying perils, music, comedy, and warmth on the way to a reassuring worldview of moral order, of virtue rewarded and the bosom embrace of familial figures. [Blu-ray]

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Variety Staff

Pinocchio is a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old.

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

Probably shows Disney's virtues and vices more clearly than any other cartoon.

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Josh Spiegel
Movie Mezzanine

Pinocchio is the greatest, most terrifying film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Collodi's classic fairy tale is adapted into a spellbinding animation full of adventure and tension, notably scarier and more serious in tone than the… More
Film Crazy
Not my favourite walt disney movie that was made however it is a classic and like most of walt disneys movie it has got a great moral story and should be… More
KJ Proulx
Fantastical! Wonderful! Amazing! Mesmerizing! These words go above and beyond for this movie, and if I could say anymore, I would call it the best disney film… More
Sophie Burgess
Never a fan of this as a child (the donkey part scared me very much) I decided to give this classic Disney film a second look. Wonderful characterisation and… More
Alex roy
Pinocchio is a great film, but compared to other Disney classics, I never really re watched this one. I on the other hand really loved the film when I saw it… More
Eric Alvarez
Love Disney, but was never really the biggest Pinocchio fan. Good movie none the less.